PCs for People is bringing its mission of digital inclusion to Baltimore. The organization opened a space in East Baltimore, where residents can receive free or low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet.
Through the program, anyone that is 200% below the poverty line is eligible for a free or low-cost device. For example, a family of two making less than $34,000 a year would be eligible.
PCs for People refurbishes devices and can have as many as 1,500 devices in the community per month. Businesses and other agencies can donate desktops and laptops, and within 14 days they’ll be refurbished and in the hands of Baltimore residents. The aim is to put a dent in Baltimore’s digital divide, whereas many as one in three homes doesn’t have a desktop or laptop computer.
“PCs for People solves a problem for people who are trying to do life in the 21st century,” said Gary Bonner, executive director of the organization’s Baltimore expansion, about what made him want to be at the helm of the national organization’s local arm.
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